I haven't painted in a while. Most of the jobs (Actually all of them!) I had last year were on the black and white line work side of things. So now I find myself working for a client with a full colour kids book and I'm itching to get back into the world of colour pencils, watercolour and such!
To make sure that my skills are not rusty when I start the final, colourful artwork, I thought I would play with an old favorite; coloured pencils, mineral spirits and vellum. The drawing that I chose was a sketch that I did in the autumn of last year called 'Cider.' A fox and a rabbit enjoying a nice pint of homemade hard cider together.
The trick is that the drawing was done in Wolf Carbon Pencil and I wanted to colour the original. Which I did and although I do like it, probably won't do that again. Even though I kept the mineral spirits away from the pencil line, the job would be much easier if I just laser copied the pencil line onto the vellum, coloured it in and then, with the Wolf Carbon Pencil, go over the finish piece.
Here it is: